ETALA Sponsors Second Annual Middle School Essay Contest To Promote Personal Responsibility

East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (ETALA), today announced its sponsorship of the second annual essay contest for area sixth and seventh graders. The authors of the top two essays in each grade will receive a $500 savings bond and a $100 savings bond.

"Due to the popularity of this contest, area schools have asked us to bring back the personal responsibility essay contest," said Diane Davis, Executive Director of the East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse. "This contest offers an added opportunity to teach character building skills, composition and grammar as well as give an added dimension to lesson plans and allow the students to win money," Davis continued. "Winners of the essay contest will also have their essays read into the congressional Record of Honor by Congressman Louie Gohmert," said Davis.

"Its never too early to encourage our youth to think about the importance of personal responsibility in their lives," said Ruben Martin, President of the East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse. "This year we are inviting East Texas sixth and seventh graders to tell us why its important to take ownership of their behavior and how they exercise that practice in everyday life," said Martin.

Participating students can answer one of three essay questions:

- What happens when we do not take personal responsibility?
- Why do we need personal responsibility?
- How do you take personal responsibility in your own life?

"ETALA's essay contest is part of an on-going public awareness campaign and we want to include our area youth," said Davis. "by hosting this essay contest, we're hopeful our youth will grow into adults who embrace personal responsibility - they are the key to undoing lawsuit abuse for good," said Davis.